COURTESY CALL: The Deputy Mayor of Pontianak, H. Edi Rusdi Kamtono, had a courtesy call with activists from various NGOs at the discussion event ‘Anti-Corruption Network’ organized by Gemawan association at Hotel Santika, Pontianak, Thursday (30/06/2016). Photo: Mahmudi/GEMAWAN.
In trading, a discount or a cut of price is highly wanted by customers who buy their dream goods. However, in the government procurement of goods and services (PBJ), discounts are equals to criminal acts of corruption.
This is what happened in the procurement of medical devices (Alkes) in Pontianak. It was revealed in the Anti-Corruption Network discussion organized by Gemawan association.
With the theme “Strategy for the Strengthening of Civil Society Capacity in Monitoring the National Strategy for the Prevention and Eradication of Corruption (PPK) and PPK Regional Actions in Pontianak City”, located at Hotel Santika, Pontianak, Thursday (30/06/2016).
Pontianak city is environmentally sound, supported by a clean government. The prevention of criminal acts of corruption is on the agenda of the Pontianak City Government (Pemkot).
Particularly in the procurement of goods and services, the Deputy Mayor of Pontianak (Wako), Ir. H. Edi Rusdi Kamtono MM MT, has 23 years of experience in the procurement of goods and services in government, meanwhile in the Department of Public Works (PU) for 25 years. “Therefore, I highly understand,” H. Edi Rusdi Kamtono stated.
He elaborated the principle of the basic theory of human nature in which a person has opportunities, anything can happen. For example, we are not in the ring of power, yet we understand the power, that can become corrupt if the system is weak. Because the opportunity is there.
There are many factors for the system. Some time ago, if the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has Sting Operation, it can immediately go to trial. However, if there is just a report of indications of corruption, it can take a long time to find the country’s losses. If the person is caught in the act, it is clear because there are two evidences regarding state losses, and the person can immediately go to trial.
“What I want to say is, together we will make Pontianak city develop quickly and become what we want. Corruption or mistakes in the results of the examination occur because of many things,” H. Edi Rusdi Kamtono explained.
Firstly, he explained, the system and legislation. “I see overlaps and misinterpretations. Therefore, the procurement of goods and services (PBJ) does not only regulate the PBJ process itself, but with the previous process, as if there are technical standards,” the Pontianak Deputy Mayor criticized.
For example, there are those who count iron, gauge, and others. Not to mention the standard unit price and this varies. For example, the price for one cement brand with another is different. Then also, when determining the 10 percent tax, transportation, and other discounts.
“For example, the procurement for medical devices (Alkes) project handled by West Kalimantan Regional Police. The case happened because there was a discount. Apparently, the discount was equal to corruption. In fact, it was the provider company of the medical equipment that offered the discount,” H Edi Rusdi Kamtono emphasized.
The West Kalimantan Regional Police asked the Alkes distributor, and apparently there was a discount. Moreover, the discount was assumed to be corruption.
“It’s so good to work in Pontianak or in the procurement of goods and services within the province environment, because the price is good. There is indeed no standard. For example, the price of fuel (BBM) in Pontianak is different in the other areas. Similarly, in government institutions and Pertamina, they have their own rules,” he satirized again.
“We always say, the price is fair, meaning reasonable. For example, cement price is IDR 60.000, although the price is different when the project is running,” he added.
Secondly, the human resources (HR) still need to be improved, so that there is no negligence. It is because negligence is also the beginning of corruption. (Gemawan-Mah)